GUNNISON COUNTY, Colo. (KREX) — The United States Forest Service has lifted the Lowline Fire area closure after over 3 months of firefighting.

About six inches of snow has fallen on the fire during the past week, significantly reducing fire behavior.

The fire was initially reported on the north aspect of a ridge between Squirrel and Mill Creeks in Gunnison County in the morning hours of July 26. Officials believe a lightning strike ignited the fire.

Fire officials ask the public to consider the following hazards when entering the Lowline Fire area and take appropriate safety precautions:

  • Falling snags or trees
  • Rapidly spreading fire
  • Rolling material such as rocks or logs
  • Heavy smoke and limited visibility
  • Holes from burned-out stumps
  • Coal refuse piles – extreme heat could be present

Forest Supervisor Chad Stewart signed the closure into effect on August 10.